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Business as usual for Messi and Barcelona

Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 23.02CET
FC Barcelona restored their 13-point Liga lead with a 3-1 win against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, after third-placed Club Atlético de Madrid returned within a point of rivals Real Madrid CF.

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Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 23.02CET

Business as usual for Messi and Barcelona

FC Barcelona restored their 13-point Liga lead with a 3-1 win against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, after third-placed Club Atlético de Madrid returned within a point of rivals Real Madrid CF.

FC Barcelona restored their 13-point advantage at the head of the Liga standings with a routine 3-1 victory against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Camp Nou.

David Villa struck the opener midway through the first half, before Lionel Messi stole the show. The Argentinian international doubled the lead before the break – the 18th consecutive league match in which he has registered – and chipped in a third for Barça before the hour. Raúl Tamudo scored his first goal of the season on 70 minutes to reduce the deficit, but a comeback was beyond Rayo.

Meanwhile, Club Atlético de Madrid moved back to within a point of second-placed city rivals Real Madrid CF with a 2-0 win at CA Osasuna. A Diego Costa double did the damage, the Brazilian forward bagging a goal either side of half-time to sink Osasuna, who remain just four points clear of the relegation zone.

As for Málaga CF, their recent slide continued at home against RCD Espanyol, second-half goals from Diego Colotto and Sergio García condemning Manuel Pellegrini's team to a fourth game without a win.

Elsewhere, Jorge Andújar Moreno hit a double – the second a splendid effort from outside the area – as Sevilla FC scored four without reply against struggling Real Zaragoza, who had Stefan Babović dismissed just after the half-hour mark for a second yellow card. Lastly, Granada CF drew 1-1 at home against Levante UD.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.22CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 31/03/2013 17:22 CET

17/03/2013

BarcelonaBarcelona3-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Villa 25, Messi 40, 57

Tamudo 70

Venue: Barcelona

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GranadaGranada1-1LevanteLevante

Siqueira 32 (P)

Acquafresca 50

Venue: Granada

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OsasunaOsasuna0-2AtléticoAtlético

Diego Costa 35, 48

Venue: Pamplona

17/03/2013

SevillaSevilla4-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Andújar Moreno 28, 52, Reyes 63, Negredo 68

Venue: Sevilla

17/03/2013

MálagaMálaga0-2EspanyolEspanyol

Colotto 49, Sergio García 66

Venue: Malaga

16/03/2013

ValenciaValencia3-0BetisBetis

Soldado 16 (P), Paulão 85 (o.g.), Jonas 90+2

Venue: Valencia

16/03/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid5-2MallorcaMallorca

Higuaín 14, 57, Ronaldo 51, Modrić 54, Benzema 90+2

Nsue 6, Alfaro 21

Venue: Madrid

16/03/2013

GetafeGetafe1-0AthleticAthletic

Borja Fernández 7

Venue: Madrid

16/03/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad4-1ValladolidValladolid

Griezmann 33, 44, Agirretxe 39, Xabier Prieto 48

Guerra 87

Venue: San Sebastian

15/03/2013

DeportivoDeportivo3-1CeltaCelta

Riki 9, Sílvio 64, Diogo Salomão 78

Park Ju-Young 80

Venue: La Coruna

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